Newsletter 6/2018

ANTI Festival programme 2018
ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art – new website!
Summer break


ANTI Festival programme 2018

The festival programme was completed in June and we are excited to present the following artists and works:

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot
Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa
Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power &
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
Signe Becker (NO), Rosalind Goldberg (SE) & Ingvild Langgård (NO): Still Life
Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi & Emil Uuttu (FI):
Wrestling Club
Meetlab (HU): TRON
Theatre of Research (DE): Playing Up
Richard DeDominici (UK): The Swivelympics
Hai Art, Antye Greie-Ripatti (FI/DE), Juan Duarte Regino (MX) & Eerika Jalasaho (FI): Sound Map Kuopio
point & place (UK etc): Hexagons
Games for Health Finland & IGDA Kuopio: Retro Game Corner
ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art
Future DiverCities Lab #3

Read more about all the works on our website!

The 17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. The festival focuses on the themes of play, playfulness, games and gaming. Full programme details published in August.

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ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art – new website!

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art will be awarded for the 5th time in September 2018 in Kuopio, Finland. The world’s only international award for Live Art is €30,000, making it one of the richest cultural prizes in the arts.

For the first time in the history of the Prize, we will announce the winner in an online event! Visit the new platform for the announcement, shortlisted artists and jury:

www.liveartprize.com

This year, the international prize jury is chaired by one of the most significant and influential philosophers of our time, Jacques Rancière (France). Celebrated for his writing on equality, emancipation, education, aesthetics, art and knowledge, Rancière is a thrilling addition to the 2018 jury, which is completed by the renowned Philippines-based artist Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Lois Keidan (United Kingdom), co-founder of the London Live Art Development Agency.Four outstanding contemporary artists/collectives from across the globe are set to compete for the 2018 prize, they are: All The Queens Men (Australia), Nic Green (United Kingdom), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands) and Sonya Lindfors (Finland). The urgent contributions these celebrated artists make to cultural life share a fascination with the questions of our time, essaying ideas of inclusion, equality, community, diversity, feminism, power and blackness.

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Summer break

The ANTI Festival team will be having summer holidays in June and July. Between 25th June and 22nd July, we are all on holiday. We will stay silent for a while but will be back and loud soon again.

Enjoy the summer!

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Photo: Pekka Mäkinen – Mark Pozlep: Island 2017

New additions to ANTI Festival 2018 programme!

Media release 26.6.2018

The 17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. The festival focuses on the themes of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

We are excited to announce the below additions to our festival programme:


Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi & Emil Uuttu (FI): Wrestling Club

Wrestling is not bound to numbers or embodiments of age, size or gender! The Wrestling Club is a workshop and a performance. The artists gather to wrestle together with local workshop participants, to prepare participants’ bodies for the performance. Audiences are invited to follow the pre-written but unrehearsed performance, featured by a loud bass-driven DJ set, and feel the bodily experience of the wrestlers in their own bodies. Image above.

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Meetlab (HU): TRON

We invite people of Kuopio to play TRON, the legendary and simple one-on-one video game, laser projected on a wall of a building. Developed by the Hungarian collective Meetlab, TRON is a mobile, pop-up device capable of transforming large-scale urban surfaces into a playful game display. TRON takes us back in time to the creation of our first video games. Let’s play, cheer and challenge the winners all night long!

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Theatre of Research (DE): Playing Up

Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, have a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby, invent your own form of sport, search for miracles. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together. Devised by Sibylle Peters and published and produced by Theatre of Research (Germany), Live Art Development Agency (UK) and Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK). Facilitated in Kuopio by Christopher Weymann.

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Photo: Seraphina Neville
Photo: Seraphina Neville

ANTI pop-up play space

ANTI pop-up play space is a playing space and festival hub open throughout the festival between 25thand 30thSeptember. We have invited a number of artists to present and facilitate their innovative and exciting games in the space. The pop-up play space programme includes:


Richard DeDominici (UK): The Swivelympics

The Swivelympics is your chance to achieve international sporting greatness without standing up! The aim of Swivelympics – other than world peace and human understanding – is to complete the most number of spins in one self-propelled push in a standard office swivel chair. The current world record is 48.5 spins. If you manage to beat that score, you’ll win a genuine gold medal, made entirely out of plastic!

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Hai Art, Antye Greie-Ripatti (DE/FI), Juan Duarte Regino (MX) & Eerika Jalasaho (FI): Sound Map Kuopio

A new field-recording sound app for smart devices for the city Kuopio will be launched at this year’s ANTI Festival. Sound Map Kuopio captures sounds of Kuopio in an imaginative, participatory way and ask questions such as which sound do you connect with the city of Kuopio? Which sound belongs to Kuopio, whether you love it or not?

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Photo: Eerika Jalasaho
Photo: Eerika Jalasaho

point and place (UK etc): Hexagons

Hexagons is a game created by the artist collective point and place, exploring landscape, the body and acts of communication. Drawing on an archive of images created over 10 years of collaborative practice, the game is made of 33 paired images, printed on beautifully crafted hexagonal pieces.  An invitation to play and explore, Hexagons can be played as the traditional memory game ‘Pelmanism’ or used as a starting point for creative interaction and improvised play.

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Games for Health Finland & IGDA Kuopio: Retro Game Corner

ANTI Festival’s local partners will set up a spot to play retro video games in good company. Retro Game Corner is a platform for intergenerational sharing and a review of the history of video games!


See also our April programme release with

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot
Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa
Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power &
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
Signe Becker (NO), Rosalind Goldberg (SE) & Ingvild Langgård (NO): Still Life

Full festival programme published in August. The festival is free to attend.

For more information, go to our website or contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 350 2005.

Join our 2018 -Facebook event!

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ANTI Festival and Amnesty Kuopio invite to dance for the rights of refugees

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and Amnesty International Kuopion organise a communal dance event ”Take me as I am” at Kuopio Market Square on Monday 18th June starting at 12 pm. till 1 pm. The positive flash mob aims at provoking discussion on a serious matter; the rights of refugees and asylum seekers
both in Finland and globally.

We also aim at bringing together people coming from various backgrounds and creating dialogue
between them through arts.

Welcome to rehearse together!

Take me as I am dance will be rehearsed in open workshops, free to attend.
We are looking forward to a multicultural participant group!

The workshops will be arranged
on Tuesday 12th June and on Thursday 14th June at 4 pm. (till 6 pm.)
at Multicultural Centre Kompassi (Hapelähteenkatu 33, 70110 Kuopio, 2ndfloor) and
on Monday 18th June at 10 am. (till 11 am.) Hapelähteen puisto Park (Snellmaninkatu 41).

Choreography and direction by dance artist Terhi Hartikainen. No previous experience in dancing is required!

You may ask for more information from and sing in to Elisa Itkonen: +358 50 305 2005, elisa@antifestival.com!

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Announcing the 2018 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Shortlist and Jury Chair, Jacques Rancière

Media release 24.5.2018

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art will be awarded for the 5th time in September 2018 in Kuopio, Finland. The world’s only international award for Live Art is €30,000, making it one of the richest cultural prizes in the arts.

This year, the international prize jury is chaired by one of the most significant and influential philosophers of our time, Jacques Rancière (France). Celebrated for his writing on equality, emancipation, education, aesthetics, art and knowledge, Rancière is a thrilling addition to the 2018 jury, which is completed by Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Lois Keidan (United Kingdom). Keidan, sitting on the jury for a second year, is co-founder of the London Live Art Development Agency. Renowned Philippines-based artist Eisa Jocson works with choreography investigating the labour, and representations of the dancing body.

Four outstanding contemporary artists/collectives from across the globe are set to compete for the 2018 prize, they are: All The Queens Men (Australia), Nic Green (United Kingdom), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands) and Sonya Lindfors (Finland). The urgent contributions these celebrated artists make to cultural life share a fascination with the questions of our time, essaying ideas of inclusion, equality, community, diversity, feminism, power and blackness. Read more about the shortlisted artists below!

ANTI Festival’s Artistic Directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan:

“We’re incredibly excited by the proposition that each of these remarkable artists offer – their agency, their force of will, their vision, their ambition and their brilliance is celebrated here, as is the promise of what’s next, of where their work will take us.”


2018 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Short List:


All The Queens Men (AU)

Established by Australian artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, All The Queens Men (ATQM) champion social equality celebrating diverse communities through creative actions, contemporary arts and socially engaged frameworks. Combining contemporary art forms and tropes, All The Queens Men engage people from different backgrounds in the making and performing of their inclusive works, celebrating these ‘everyday experts’ in exciting and technically proficient art contexts. With over 30 years of combined experience, All The Queens Men have presented their work globally across arts festivals and other cultural contexts. Some of their recent creative actions include The Coming Back Out Ball (2017-), Congress (2017) and Fun Run (2015-), and in 2018 they received Victorian Green Room Award for their 2017 Body of Work. READ MORE

Bec Reid & Tristan Meecham - Photo: Bryony Jackson
Bec Reid & Tristan Meecham – Photo: Bryony Jackson

Nic Green (UK)

Nic Green is an award-winning performance maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is varied in style and method, with forms often ‘found’ through collaborative and relational practices with people, place and material. Her work has received several awards, commissions and recognitions including A Herald Angel, ‘Best Production’ at Dublin Fringe, The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance, Total Theatre Award for Best Physical/Visual Theatre Edinburgh Fringe and is the recipient of the inaugural Forced Entertainment Award. Green is the 2018 Artist in Residence at National Theatre Scotland, and teaches Directing at the University of Glasgow. Green’s recent works include Cock and Bull (2015-2017), Seven Bridges (2015) and Trilogy (re-mount 2016). READ MORE

Fatherland - Photo: Oliver Rudkin
Nic Green – Photo: Oliver Rudkin

Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL)

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organising and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures. Her work has been featured in publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials including those in Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice. Her celebrated works include Philadelphia Assembled (2016), Wastelanders (2012) and The Blue House (2005). van Heeswijk received the 2014-2015 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College and the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. READ MORE

Photo: Timothy Tiebout
Jeanne van Heeswijk – Photo: Timothy Tiebout

Sonya Lindfors (FI)

Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based Finnish artist who works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founder member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices. Her recent series of stage works; NOIR? (2013), NOBLE SAVAGE (2016) and COSMIC LATTE (2018), centralizes questions around blackness and the black body. In 2013 UrbanApa received Finland’s State Award in dance art. In 2017, Lindfors received the Artist of the Year award from the Helsinki Municipality alongside Theatre Info Finland’s award for ”outstanding work on creating new discourse around blackness and otherness”. Across 2017-2018, Lindfors is the house choreographer of Zodiak – Center for New Dance in Helsinki. READ MORE

Sonya Lindfors - Photo: Veikko Kähkönen
Sonya Lindfors – Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

 The winning artist receives a cash prize of €15,000 and the same amount in the form of production support to bring a new work to the ANTI Festival 2019. Previous winners: 2014 Cassils (Canada/USA), 2015 Willoh S. Weiland (Australia), 2016 Terike Haapoja (Finland) and 2017 Tania El Khoury (Lebanon).


ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art is generously supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

For more information: antifestival.com, Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen, +358 50 305 2005, elisa@antifestival.com

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Newsletter 4/2018

ANTI Festival 2018
Festival artists visiting Kuopio in May
Follow Action Hero’s journey towards Kuopio!
Greetings from the April audience workshop


 ANTI Festival 2018

In April, we published the five lead works of our international festival programme. Did you already read about them?

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Festival artists visiting Kuopio in May

Tania El Khoury & Ziad Abu-Rish

Tania El Khoury, the 2017 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, returns to Kuopio with a new work, The Search for Power, and an international touring hit, As Far As My Fingertips Take Me.

The Search for Power will be made for Kuopio, and El Khoury together with her working partner Ziad Abu-Rish will spend a short residency in Kuopio between 22nd and 25th May.

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Rosalind Goldberg & Ingvild Langgård

Still Life is a Nordic collaboration project between ANTI Festival, Norwegian set designer Signe Becker, Swedish choreographer Rosalind Goldberg and Norwegian musician Ingvild Langgård. The work will premiere at ANTI Festival in September.

Rosalind Goldberg and Ingvild Langgård will arrive to Kuopio to prepare the site-specific work and rehearse with local dancers – dance students of Riveria Outokumpu – between 29th May and 6th June.

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Photo: Paul Blakemore
Photo: Paul Blakemore

Follow Action Hero’s journey towards Kuopio!

Over 6 months in 2018, the internationally celebrated duo Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording love songs sung by the people they meet.

They invite ANTI Festival and the people of Kuopio to contribute to the process by recording love songs in their mobile studio and by encountering material gathered on their journey through Europe’s contested identity.

This ever-evolving library of songs will be broadcast 24/7 from beacons placed across the continent by the intrepid duo. Listen and follow the journey on www.oheuropa.com!

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Greetings from the April audience workshops

Divercities Kuopio workshop

On 26th April, in the Divercities Kuopio workshop, a group of creative residents of Kuopio took part in planning the internationally delivered Divercities mobile application and creating a section for Kuopio full of inspiration and new, contemporary views to our city.

We gathered together ideas from thematic walking routes to interesting local phenomena and urban acts!

Audience panel

On 25th April, we invited our audiences to express their opinions on our plans around the coming festival programme.

Artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan have prepared a programme draft, and the audience panel was the first one to hear about it.

The members of the panel shared their experiences as young people, as someone new to ANTI Festival – several precious views that we will definitely take into consideration.

Thank you to all the participants in the audience panel as well as in the Divercities Kuopio workshop!

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ANTI Festival 2018 – First programme release!

Media release 12.4.2018

The 17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. Internationally celebrated, award-winning artists from around the world will present projects engaged with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

A playful engagement with the spaces of Kuopio, ANTI Festival’s host city, has been at the heart of our approach to bringing vital, exciting and surprising contemporary art to this inquisitive community. For 2018 we’re focusing our attentions properly on play and gaming.

Artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan are excited about the festival theme:

“Play and games, in forms as divergent as any other realm of human activity, sit at the heart of the contemporary experience. Games are in our pockets, on our screens, in our bodies, they are played in and on the city, the landscape, the sea, the globe. Games and play have become a way – an active way – of understanding
the world and each other.”

During the festival week, we will award ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, one of world’s most exciting cultural prizes. We’ll also host the third Future DiverCitiesLab in Kuopio.

The full 2018 programme will be available in August.

Save the festival dates and follow us also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

For more information, please scroll down, visit our website or contact Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen:
+358 50 305 2005, info@antifestival.com

We are proud to publish the five lead works of our international festival programme:


Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

Acclaimed Australian artists, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, known in Kuopio for Megaphone Project (2014) and Shriek (2016), will bring their new work, Pivot to ANTI Festival.

Pivot’s boldly coloured over-sized seesaws invite you to stop and play – asking us to think deeply about the choices and commitments we make, every day, to create this complex world of ours. The interactive, intelligent seesaws listen as their riders meet, talk and share.

Rejoice in the absurdity of a seesaw ride, while democracy teeters towards ever more dangerous farce. As you enjoy the rare opportunity to ride, speak, and listen, remember that Pivot is programmed to
consider everything it hears.

Pivot will be installed in the park next to Kuopio City Hall – creating a meeting point
for the decision makers and residents of Kuopio.

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Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti - Pivot
Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti – Pivot

 


Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa

A 30,000 km journey collecting love songs creates an unforgettable performance.

Over 6 months in 2018, the internationally celebrated duo Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording love songs sung by the people they meet. They invite ANTI Festival and the people of Kuopio to contribute to the process by recording love songs in their mobile studio and by encountering material gathered on their journey through Europe’s contested identity.

This ever-evolving library of songs will be broadcast 24/7 from beacons placed across the continent by the intrepid duo. Listen and follow online. Action Hero pull into Kuopio towards the end of their adventure, bringing with them a performance created en route, a travelogue not to be missed!

Oh Europa seeks to re-imagine the ways we think about Europe and how we continue to share this space. Detached from political posturing, hollow rhetoric and empty sound bites, heartfelt love songs offer an opportunity to hear ourselves emerge out of the white noise.

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Photo: Paul Blakemore
Photo: Paul Blakemore

Becker (NO), Goldberg (SE) & Langgård (NO): Still Life

A Nordic collaboration project between ANTI Festival, Norwegian set designer Signe Becker (NO), Swedish choreographer Rosalind Goldberg and Norwegian musician Ingvild Langgård.

A site-specific performance installation where sound, scenography and movement create
an ever-changing tableau vivant.

Over the last hundred years, technology has developed the usage of images and shaped our conception of reality. Looking at images displayed in the core of industrialism through to today’s constant exposure of lives through social media, Still Life reflects on contemporary paradigms of perception and the politics of images.

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Image: Signe Becker
Image: Signe Becker

Tania El Khoury (LB) & ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art

Tania El Khoury, the 2017 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, returns to Kuopio with a new work made for ANTI Festival, and an international touring hit.


Tania El Khoury (LB): The Search for Power

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art commission!

On a night with a sudden electricity outage in their Beirut neighbourhood, the artist and her historian husband discussed the history of power cuts in Lebanon. Born during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the artist had grown up with the understanding that the problem with electricity in Lebanon began during the war. The historian, however, recalled finding a government document that announced scheduled electricity
outages across the city of Beirut in 1952.

Artist and historian decided to research the history of power outages in Lebanon, delving into intersection between public utilities infrastructure, a people’s relationship to the state, and
the various popular mobilizations that shape both.

The Search for Power is an installation performance featuring the artist, the historian, and us – the audience.

Created in collaboration with Ziad Abu-Rish.

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Photo: Ziad Abu-Rish
Photo: Ziad Abu-Rish

Tania El Khoury (LB): As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

The internationally renowned one-to-one performance comes to Kuopio!

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their fingertips touch without seeing each other. The refugee marks us as we listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination, stories that can be kept or washed away.

Performance by Tania El Khoury
Performed by Basel Zaraa

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Photo: Tania El Khoury
Photo: Tania El Khoury

We will publish the full 2018 festival programme in June.

For our 2018 festival ANTI is partnering with Games for Health Finland and
the International Game Developers Association, Kuopio Hub.

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Newsletter 3/2018

Welcome to our audience panel!
Divercities Kuopio workshop
Finland’s most satisfied residents live in Kuopio!


Welcome to our audience panel!

Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 5 pm.
ANTI OFFICE (Nahkurinkatu 1, Kuopio, Finland)

What have you always wanted to say to the organisers of ANTI Festival?
What kind of thoughts our coming festival programme brings up?
Where should our artworks be presented and when?
Who could participate in our processes?

Come and express your opinion!

The 17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. The festival themes are play, playfulness, games and gaming, and we partner with Games for Health Finland and International Game Developers Association Kuopio Hub.

Our artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan have prepared a programme draft, and the audience panel will be the first one to hear about it. Now you have a chance to tell us what you think about our choices!

The event is targeted especially to residents of Kuopio who are not professionally working in arts, and the participant number is limited.

Please sign up by 12th April to info@antifestival.com!

When registering, please tell us, in few sentences, why you want to be a part of our audience panel!


Divercities Kuopio workshop

Thursday 26th April 2018 at 3 pm.
ANTI OFFICE (Nahkurinkatu 1, Kuopio, Finland)

Design Week Kuopio 2018 programme!

In the Divercities Kuopio workshop, the creatives local to Kuopio will take part in planning the internationally delivered Divercities mobile application and create a section for Kuopio full of inspiration and new, contemporary views to our city!

Led by  Cédric Claquin (1D Lab founder/CEO), the workshop will introduce participants to creating their own ‘capsules’ and share creative and innovative initiatives from their city.

From street art to pop-up galleries, from game jams to festivals – where are the innovative places and events of Kuopio? How can this be represented through existing digital content? How can this stimulate curiosity and enable discovery?

Working languages: English (and Finnish)
Free of charge!

8 people may take part in the workshop through an open invitation.

Sign up by sending email to info@antifestival.com by 12th April!
Photo: Pekka Mäkinen. Overmapping Kuopio 2016
Photo: Pekka Mäkinen. Overmapping Kuopio 2016

The workshop is a part of the Creative Europe project, Future DiverCities which is a collaboration between ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and its 7 European partners.

www.futuredivercities.eu


Finland’s most satisfied residents live in Kuopio!

Yet another reason to visit Kuopio and ANTI Festival in September 2018:

A survey, published last week, reports that, among the 20 biggest cities in Finland, residents of Kuopio are the most satisfied with their hometown.

ANTI Festival has been working for an active, creative and diverse Kuopio for 16 years. We are celebrating this news together with the 120 000 residents of Kuopio!

Photo: Pekka Mäkinen. Instant Dissidence (UK): Dancing With Strangers: From Calais to Finland
Photo: Pekka Mäkinen. Instant Dissidence (UK): Dancing With Strangers: From Calais to Finland


Revealing the creative face of Kuopio in Divercities workshop

Thursday 26th April 2018 from 3 pm.
ANTI OFFICE | Nahkurinkatu 1, Kuopio, Finland

Design Week Kuopio 2018 programme!

Divercities app is a transnational digital tool that associates European cities: Kuopio, Brussels, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Developed by the French cooperative 1D Lab, the app aims at representing a city through creative content. Divercities is based on geolocalized and personalized recommendation, and it is meant to suggest activities and innovation near by the user. Continue reading…


Newsletter 2/2018

Art with and for immigrants 19.3.2018
Join us in Nordic Urban Lab 22.-24.3.2018


Art with and for immigrants

Discussion meeting on Monday 19th March 2018 at 4 pm.
ANTI OFFICE, Nahkurinkatu 1, Kuopio, Finland

ANTI Festival invites artists and art organisations, based in the Kuopio region, to discuss how to engage immigrants in art projects and services.

The meeting is targeted especially to artists working in the context of community arts and with socially engaged practices; to those who have worked or are willing to work with and for immigrants.

Please sign up to the meeting by 15th March by sending email to elisa@antifestival.com!

The working language of the meeting is Finnish but we are happy to be contacted in English in case you want to hear more about our initiative!

Background

In 2017, ANTI Festival contributed in the New Start Finland! research project which is a part of the larger research project PROMEQ – Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (2016-2019).

New Start Finland! aims at promoting health, wellbeing and integration of immigrants and asylum seekers. The research project included four practical, experimental pilots on social marketing, and one of them was implemented by ANTI Festival.

In our pilot, Kuopio Encounters, we organised a series of creative workshops directed by artist Ernest Truely. Both new immigrants and Finnish in origin were invited to participate in the workshops through
May and October 2017.

The project has officially closed, and we are now willing to share the knowledge based on our experiences.

For more information: Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005

Photo: Pekka Mäkinen. Kuopio Encounters event 23.9.2017

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Join us in Nordic Urban Lab!

22-24 March 2018
Location: Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland

ANTI Festival is, naturally, present when Nordic cultural managers and strategists, urbanists and city planners, architects, visual and performance artists, researchers and academics, students, community organisers, urban activists, environmentalists, and city councilors gather together to discuss alternative culturally based urban strategies and practices.

40 specialists are invited to engage and to kick-start discussions, and ANTI Festival’s artistic director Johanna Tuukkanen is one of them.

Nordic Urban Lab will explore some of the key aspects of taking a cultural perspective on the city and on urban strategies and will include topics such as; cultural mapping, citizen led initiatives, activism and artivism, pop up and performative architecture, place making, gaming and urbanism, engaging and empowering citizens, public space as the key and new directions for public art. All important and
actual topics to ANTI!

Programme and registration at www.metropolis.dk!

Newsletter 1/2018

New Year NOW!

ANTI Festival’s winter is, usually, peaceful compared to the busy autumn but we never pause since now it’s time to update our plans for the new year!

The next edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018, and we will create a programme of projects that directly engage with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming. We will partner with Games for Health Finland and the International Game Developers Association, Kuopio Hub.

We are super excited about the coming year!


Tania El Khoury returns to Kuopio

Tania El Khoury, the 2017 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art will return to Kuopio to create a new commissioned work for this year’s ANTI Festival.

Tania is currently working on the new piece and will make the first site visit in Kuopio in March.

Tania El Khoury - Photo: Pekka Mäkinen
Tania El Khoury – Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Meanwhile at ANTI OFFICE

Our artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan and festival manager Elisa Itkonen got together for a team meeting in Kuopio right in the beginning of January. Brainstorm and discussion to make
the most out of the year 2018!

Johanna and Gregg are currently working on the festival programme and going through the 170 proposals we received in the open call, organised late last year.

Gregg, Elisa & Johanna
Gregg, Elisa & Johanna

Future DiverCities welcomes 2018

Future DiverCities project is a year-round project with activities both in Kuopio and in our partner cities across Europe and Canada. In Kuopio, we will arrange the next public programme as a part of Design Week Kuopio between 23rd and 29th April 2018. More about the coming DiverCities Kuopio workshop closer to the event!

The first publication on the Future DiverCities activities is now available online. You may find the Action Research booklet and other news in the
Future DiverCities newsletter!

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Main photo by Pekka Mäkinen – Joseph O’Farrell (AU): 10 MINUTE DANCE PARTIES